The American Hospital Association's new initiative is meant to better inform both policymakers and the public about the 340B program and how hospitals use the savings they generate from it.
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Efforts to reduce physician burnout may need to begin during residency, one of two studies published Tuesday in JAMA indicates.
After two years of gaining physicians, Hawaii lost 51 full-time doctors in 2017. The state has about 2,900 full-time doctors, approximately 800 short of the number needed across all specialties.
Nurses at the University of Michigan voted in favor of a three-day work stoppage to protest "ongoing and continuous violations of their workplace rights" after their contracts expired June 30.
The CMS warned that Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, one of the city's largest psychiatric hospitals, is not adequately protecting suicidal patients from harming themselves and could lose its Medicare billing privileges.
Cleveland Clinic, the second largest employer in Ohio, reports that it boosted Ohio's economy by $17.8 billion in 2016, according to the system's latest economic impact report, which it produces every three years.
The Senate's health committee is questioning the government's role in helping patients understand what they should pay for their healthcare—and whether Congress can change the incentives in a complex system that doesn't encourage shopping.
Ascension Health took on heavy expenses in fiscal 2018 as it works to standardize its revenue cycle systemwide. The Catholic, not-for-profit health system has a 10-year contract to use Chicago-based R1 RCM as its sole revenue-cycle provider.
A Senate proposal would take aim at hospital balance billing—a practice that has caused sticker-shock reverberations across the country and sparked increasing public outcry.
The deal will allow TriMedx to expand its healthcare clientele and Aramark to focus on its core food, facilities and uniforms businesses, executives said.
The Senate passed its opioids legislation, laying the groundwork for a final bicameral deal. The upper chamber also cleared a stand-alone healthcare bill to target insurer gag clauses on pharmacists.
Following a multimillion-dollar operating loss in 2017, Summa Health in the first half of this year managed to achieve a $43 million turnaround of its finances and is back in the black.
A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens.
The CMS wants to buck a trend of hospitals denying patient transfers from ambulatory surgery centers. The proposal is part of a broader effort to reduce providers' administrative burdens and improve access to care.
The National Quality Forum released its first-ever set of quality measures for rural hospitals and ambulatory care facilities to improve quality of care and access in rural communities.
HHS will create a patient safety database to track quality of care at ambulatory surgery centers, as they become more prevalent across the country.
Health Net, one of two payers in the VA Choice system, is losing its claims-processing contract starting Oct. 1. The VA will step into the gap as it looks to take on a greater role in paying community providers for taking care of veterans.
Cigna and Express Scripts still must secure certain state regulatory approvals to complete the deal, but the nod from the federal antitrust enforcers takes care of the biggest hurdle.
New Medicare Advantage tool will limit patients' drug choices, marijuana use is growing as heroin use falls and California's Medicaid program still relies on paper for federal reporting.
The results from a new clinical trial raise more doubts about the daily use of aspirin to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease.